This Day in Music History
1960 : A 17-year-old Barry White completes his four-month prison term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing "It's Now Or Never" in prison, he leaves determined to make music his life.
1963 : Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. The music connection: Peter, Paul and Mary play their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" before King speaks.
1965 : Bob Dylan plays "Desolation Row" for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York.
1968 : The Doors' "Hello I Love You" is certified gold.
1973 : Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" is certified gold.
1984 : With over one million ticket sales in only two months, the Jacksons' reunion tour, entitled Victory, becomes the most successful concert tour of all time.
1986 : Tina Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1986 : The anti-corporate-pollution benefit concert Get Tough On Toxics is held in Long Beach, California, featuring members of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young.
2003 : Britney Spears and Madonna share a big, juicy kiss during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna then plants one on Christina Aguilera, but we only get a glimpse of it because the director cuts to a shot of a thunderstruck Justin Timberlake in the audience.
2004 : Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate in from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations".
2005 : For the second time in two years, Art Garfunkel is arrested for marijuana possession.
2009 : Though tensions within Oasis are nothing new, Noel Gallagher issues a statement on the band's website, saying he leaves the band. There had been warning signs in previous months of escalating tension. In April, Noel mentioned that he wanted to spend time focusing on his first solo record rather than write the follow-up to the band’s 2008 album, Dig Out Your Soul. The day he issued his statement, Noel had fought against his brother Liam backstage at the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris before the show they were about to perform which was cancelled just minutes before it was to begin. The band also immediately cancelled upcoming shows in Germany and Italy.
2009 : Three days before the release of their 2nd studio album "The First Days of Spring", Noah and the Whale lead singer Charlie Fink’s brother Doug announces that he will leave the band to pursue a career in medicine. In a 2011 interview, Charlie says that Doug is still the one he consults first on matters concerning the band. "He can always see where I'm going, even when something is embryonic and sounds like madness."
2009 : DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) is found dead in his New York city apartment. This came nearly a year after AM and friend Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of 4 others.
2011 : 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Beyonce performs her song "Love On Top" and revealed that she is pregnant. Her music video for "Run the World (Girls)" is nominated for three awards and takes home the Best Choreography prize. Katy Perry receives ten nominations for four different videos. She wins three awards including Video of the Year for "Firework". Justin Bieber wins the Best Male Video Award for "U Smile". Selena Gomez serves as a host for the black carpet coverage. Adele gives a stunning live performance of her song "Someone Like You". Her music video for "Rolling In the Deep" is nominated for seven awards and takes home four all in technical categories. Britney Spears receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard lifetime achievement award. She is nominated for two regular awards and wins Best Pop Video for "Till The World Ends".
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com